Have you heard of the new twist on Valentine's Day? It's called Galentine's Day, where women get together with their besties for a no-pressure night of female bonding on or around February 14th. Leslie Snope started the trend a few seasons back on "Parks and Recreation," and it is gaining traction. Did you hear that, Hallmark? We love an opportunity to acknowledge the value of our gal pals and we especially love doing it on the day that society says is for romance.
Galentine's Day may usurp my love of Halloween, as holidays go. Since launching Finder Not Keeper, I have found an enormous wellspring of support from other women. It seems to happen very naturally. Which I did not expect. A mistake on my part to underestimate the power of women who share.
Without question, the gradual growth I've seen has come about from an ever-expanding network of women interested in the concept of Finder Not Keeper. Maybe they like that I encourage a more thoughtful way to decorate our homes. Maybe they enjoy the humorous stories from the hunt. Maybe they relate to a stay-at-home mom who finally dips her toe in the water.
So the point of today's post is a straightforward ask: if you have spent time with me online and enjoyed it, would you do me the honor of telling others? It would mean a lot if you forwarded a post to a few friends. It helps if you click the heart icon at the end of this post. Or if you click the 'like' button on Facebook. I need you to share with your sisters, your daughters, your girlfriends.
In appreciation, here is my Valentine to you. You women of Waukegan and Mequon. You Fighting Illini, you Cheeseheads, you Miniwanca campers, you Kappa sisters. You aunts, cousins, in-laws, outlaws, and RLV neighbors. You Women of Midlife and you alums of Alt Summit. You energetic young women and you older wise women. Thank you. For your encouragement, your laughter. May you know how much it means. May you understand the value of your gift. Happy Galentine's Day to you.
P.S. A new Istagram friend who recently shared my shop with her readers is Melissa Milakovic. She is the owner of Love Like Red, a darling online destination for handmade paper goods. Her online generosity with others is quickly apparent, and has inspired me. Plus her work is charming! Like this pretty card:
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Speaking of Alt Summit, if you are freezing your buns off, you might enjoy this floral eye candy from last summer's conference.